Flores’ absence provided a potential problem on Wednesday night, when the Mets were forced to start left-handed hitter James Loney at first base against southpaw Madison Bumgarner.

Before suffering the injury, Flores was one of baseball’s most productive sluggers against left-handed pitching, batting .340 with 11 home runs in 107 plate appearances. Overall, Flores batted .267 with 16 homers.

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